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DAYTON-TAX RETURN

Dayton paid more in taxes, to charity in 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton paid nearly $106,000 in state and federal taxes last year, and upped his charitable giving, too.

Dayton released his 2013 tax returns on Wednesday, following his routine of doing so since he was a candidate in 2010.

Dayton's total earnings were $352,601 from a state salary, dividends and capital gains. Less than a third of that comes from his gubernatorial salary. After deductions, he paid taxes on about $315,000.

The Democratic governor increased his charitable donations to $10,000 after professing embarrassment the year before when he gave only $1,000.

Minnesota law doesn't require officials to publish tax returns, but some do so voluntarily. All but one of Dayton's potential GOP rivals released tax information in the prior year. Former Rep. Marty Seifert was the exception.

SOMALIA-VIOLENCE-MINNESOTA

Slain Somali lawmaker spent time in Minnesota

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A Somali member of parliament killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday spent several years in Minnesota.

Saddo Ali Warsame, who also was a popular folk singer, was killed in a drive-by shooting for which the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.

The St. Cloud Times reported that Warsame lived in St. Cloud and Minneapolis from 2007-2012. Warsame performed in 2010 in St. Cloud during a Somali independence celebration, the newspaper reported.

Ahmed Ali Said, a candidate for St. Cloud City Council, said he had met Warsame several times and grew up listening to her sing about uniting Somalia. Mohamed Ali, a Somali lawmaker who knew Warsame, described her as "courageous and patriotic."

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA

Jury reaches no verdict in Ventura defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - There's still no verdict as jurors try to decide whether a decorated military sniper libeled former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his best-selling memoir.

Jurors deliberated from about 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Wednesday before leaving the federal courthouse in St. Paul. They received the case around noon Tuesday.

The jury has posed two questions to the judge. The subjects and answers haven't been disclosed.

Ventura testified Chris Kyle invented a story in his memoir "American Sniper" about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura supposedly insulted SEALs.

Ventura's attorney asked jurors for millions of dollars in damages.

But an attorney for Kyle's estate says Ventura failed to prove Kyle made up the story or that Ventura suffered financially because of the book.

VIKINGS-KLUWE INVESTIGATION

Kluwe lawyer: No lawsuit imminent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is backing away from his threat to sue the team over alleged discrimination - for now.

Kluwe vowed last week to sue because he was unhappy with the team's resolution of his complaint against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for alleged anti-gay slurs.

The Vikings suspended Priefer for three games and made a donation to gay advocacy groups that was less than Kluwe wanted. He also accused the team of cutting him over his activism in favor of gay marriage in Minnesota, a claim the team denied.

Kluwe attorney Clayton Halunen said he and the Vikings had agreed to continue settlement discussions.

Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson said Halunen had contacted the team to request the talks. He declined further comment.

GIRL SHOT

Bemidji man charged with shooting girl on her deck

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - A northern Minnesota man is accused of shooting a 17-year-old girl several times after she told him not to ride his mower through her yard.

Forty-year-old Chad Pickering of Bemidji appeared in court Wednesday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. Bail was set at $300,000.

The complaint alleges Pickering shot the teen three times as she stood on the deck of her home Monday night.

According to the complaint, the girl told investigators that a man who lived nearby had been riding his mower through her yard and that he routinely carried a pistol in his holster. She said she had spoken to him about trespassing.

Officers searched Pickering's home and found a pistol with a holster in an air vent.

The teen was taken to a Duluth hospital.

VIKINGS STADIUM-BIRDS

Audubon wants Vikings stadium safer for birds

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Audubon Society of Minnesota is asking the Minnesota Vikings to do more to protect birds from fatal collisions with the massive glass walls of its new stadium.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1qAu2KU ) the team recently told the society it wouldn't use glazing techniques and lighting that could warn birds away from the building.

The Vikings and the authority overseeing the stadium told Audubon last year they would turn off stadium lights at night to lower risk to birds. But Audubon says that's only a partial solution. They say using safer glass wouldn't cost that much more for the billion-dollar stadium.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says it doesn't have the budget to include the $1.1 million needed for bird-safe glass. A Vikings spokesman didn't immediately return a call.

WETLAND LOSS

Report says Prairie Pothole region losing wetlands

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal officials and conservationists say a recent report detailing annual wetland losses in the five-state Prairie Pothole Region highlights the need for increased protection for birds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Status and Trends of Prairie Wetlands report earlier this month. The report shows that the wetlands in the region declined by an average of 6,200 acres per year - and some conservationists say the trend isn't slowing down.

Conservationists and wildlife officials say more emphasis needs to be put on conservation easements and incentive-based programs that protect wetlands on farmland while reimbursing farmers for lost income.

Officials say Prairie Pothole Region provides breeding and nesting habitat for more than 60 percent of the nation's migratory waterfowl.

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